Could taking too many selfies give you 'selfie-wrist?'

Dr. Jennifer Ashton discusses what to know about so-called "selfie-wrist," or a pain some people feel in their arm that some doctors link to excessive selfie-taking.
4:22 | 12/21/18

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We will with our "Gma" cover story and T.J. Holmes. The perfect man for the story, can taking selfies actually injure you? Yes. T.J. Says yes, according to a study by Samsung the average person born after 1980 will take a whopping 25,000 selfies in their lifetime. That is so sad, I'm sorry and a doctor says he's treating selfie wrist. T.J., please explain. Everybody in here, you got your phones, everybody, take a selfie right now and keep your arm out and keep it extended. Everybody do it. If you look around you'll notice everyone has their wrist bent and some of you have them strained. If you do that enough over time you will develop called selfie wrist so I, Dr. Holmes, have a very important health alert for you selfie lovers this morning. ?????? it's the cultural craze starring you. The selfie phenomenon. Everybody is doing it. Teenagers, celebrities. Maybe even your momma. Kim Kardashian even published a book of her selfies. But could your selfie taking be bad for your health and give you selfie wrist? Tina Choy works in digital media production and she loves her selfies. It's really about telling a story where you're at and what you're doing, how active you are. With all that she began experiening tingling in her fingers and wrist and later discomfort. After a few months she said it felt like a sharp pain in the corner of her wrist got so bad it prevented her from working and orthopedic surgeon Levi Harrison is treating her for a condition he calls selfie wrist. The nerve becomes inflamed and angry. Reporter: Harrison says the problem begins when patients constantly hyperflex their wrist inwards in a rush to capture that angle. Let's take a picture right now. Everybody responds differently and your wrist pain may not be solely caused by taking selfies. Sleeping with your flexed wrist can cause wrist pain and repetitive moving from typing. The doctor taught her how to hold her phone and put her on a regimen of exercises. Back around the world. She's now feeling better but still taking selfies. Just safer ones. That is the nature of our generation right now. We're taking so many selfies these days. You heard there how can you prevent it? Hold the phone, robach, with not so much strain but another remedy is extreme stop taking so many selfies. Dr. T.J., I like your advice. We have a real doctor here, Dr. Jennifer Ashton joins us here. Never thought you'd be doing this. No. It's real. It's under the category of repetitive use injury. If you go head to toe it's not just the wrist. When we overuse our phones we can see issues in the neck, technique and cervical spine. Eye strain. Thumb problems in the hands or other fingers that are constantly on those keys then the he will blow, nerve entrapment from keeping that elbow up there. I have even seen MRSA staph infections on the face. Oh, my gosh. Not something any of us want to sign up for people holding their phones to their face all the time. That's so disturbing on multiple levels. What's the worst case scenario in terms of injuries. Death and we have reported on that. Not from mercy but people on their phones taking selfies falling to their deaths and hear about that every year. And by the way, the average age of the people who die taking a selfie from a height is under the age of 24. This is real. Head down, they can be hit by a car, don't do it. What's the medical answer? Is there one? T.j.'s, by the way. I'll say pretty much the same thing. People say, doc, it hurts when I do this, you know what I say, don't do this. Four years of medical school for

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